We left our slip at New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, RI at 1:30 pm Thursday, July 27 under gray skies and occasional showers, with a gale brewing for the weekend. Our 2017 Maine Cruise has begun. Continue reading Maine Cruise – Marion & Boston – Days 1-2
Spencer Drake, our broker from East Coast Yacht Sales (the American Tug dealer for the East Coast and Great Lakes) had been trying to get down from Maine to Rhode Island for some time to see our boat. When he finally was able to make the trip, we suddenly had to be out of town so we missed him. It’s very sad to miss an opportunity to show off our new boat, but alas, it wasn’t to be. We told Spencer to have a look without us.
Spencer had a surprise for us!
We had a little celebration, although I’m not certain my parents think of it that way.
The day had finally arrived: their boat was sold, and the new owners, a lovely couple from Anacortes, Washington, had arrived to bring their new boat across the country to her new home. It was the passing of a torch. Mom and Dad and Tom and Ellie took the Willard trawler, formerly Vide Poches and now Raffamuggin, out for a ride together on a top–ten-gorgeous-day around Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. Continue reading Passing the Torch Senior-Citizen Style
After spending a pleasant day and evening in Stonington, we got under way early and headed for Block Island. It was a gorgeous sunrise in Stonington Harbor: a quintessential start to a summer day, with glassy calm water and a beautiful moored fleet reflecting the early sun. Continue reading First East Coast Cruise – Part 4 – Fourth of July in Block Island
After a pleasant visit to Mystic Seaport we decided to make a short hop to Stonington, another favorite local port. It was a top-ten weather day, perfect for a cruise down the Mystic River and along the shore to Stonington, where we had friends and knew we would find — what else? — great food! Continue reading First East Coast Cruise – Part 3 – Stonington
After a very pleasant stay in Block Island we decided to move on and head west into Long Island Sound. We had several destinations in mind, including Montauk, Sag Harbor, Stonington and Mystic Seaport. All had their unique appeal and we had different reasons for wanting to visit each one. Continue reading First East Coast Cruise -Part 2 – Mystic Seaport
Although we still have a long project list (doesn’t every boat?), we have headed out for our first east coast cruise in the new tug. It is bizarre traveling these well-known home waters in a power boat when I have spent my entire life exploring them in a sailboat. The Twilight Zone. Our priorities have changed, our decision-making parameters are adjusting, the passages are faster and the destinations are different. Continue reading First East Coast Cruise – Block Island